MSF stands #WithRefugees

There are currently more than 20 million refugees around the world, forced to flee their home countries because of violence, war or persecution. 

They are part of a total 65.6 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by war, famine, disease and natural disaster. The number of displaced people worldwide is at a level not seen since the end of World War II. 

June 20th is World Refugee Day.  Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stands #WithRefugees and displaced people by providing lifesaving medical care around the world to those who need it most. 

 

'Sorry I Drowned': Animated short tells story of refugees' plight and the politics that fail them

This six-minute animated film, created by the Beirut-based Studio Kawakeb and MSF, is inspired by a letter allegedly found on the body of someone who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on World Refugee Day: It's not just refugees who need our help

 

Part of the reason the UN's Refugee Convention was drafted was in response to the extreme suffering to which people fleeing violence and persecution are often exposed. In order to protect refugees, the convention sought to establish their rights and to outline the obligations that states have to protect them.  But in 2017, while the global legal consensus on the rights of refugees remains intact, the humanitarian spirit that led to the  convention appears to be in short supply, writes MSF Canada Executive Director Stephen Cornish. 

 

 

 

'Thank you for your support': Canadian physician aboard MSF Mediterranean search-and-rescue ship

Dr. Sarah Giles is a Canadian doctor who spent four months as an MSF medical activity manager on-board the MV Aquarius, a migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea, from August to November 2016. In the video above, she recounts some of her experiences treating people in desperate situations, pulled from boats in distress as they tried to reach Europe from North Africa, and she thanks the MSF supporters who helped make this work possible.

While on the Aquarius, Sarah also maintained a blog, on which she shared many more stories from the front lines of the Mediterranean migration crisis, describing some of the terrible conditions she has seen faced by rescued patients, the challenges of helping hundreds of people on a single boat at sea, and the ongoing tragedy of continued mass drownings. 

 

Europe or Death: Testimonies from Rescued Refugees Fleeing the Horrors of Libya

After being rescued at sea by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s search and rescue ship the Dignity I, Christiana, Omar and Mamadou tell stories of the horrific violence they experienced while in Libya.

 

Peter, Sudanese interpreter for MSF: 'I am a refugee. There is no way for me to go further than that'

Peter has grown up as a refugee - he first fled Sudan for Ethiopia when he was a child. Today, he lives in a refugee camp in South Sudan where he works with MSF. He does not believe his dreams will ever be realized, but he has hope for the next generation.

 

MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on how people fleeing violence in Central America become victims of abuse in Mexico

Today marks the release of a new report by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) that shines a light on a humanitarian crisis taking place just south of Canada and the United States, along the migration corridor from Central America northward through Mexico. Forced to Flee Central America's Northern Triangle describes how, instead of asylum, people fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras often encounter abuse, extortion and brutality at the hands of criminal networks. 

 

 

REFUGEE CRISIS | Stranded at Sea and Sinking Fast

Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats. MSF heads of mission tell the struggle they face every day overseas. 

Uganda refugee summit: Despite generous policy, basic needs of refugees are not being met

The international response in Uganda is failing refugees, and must prioritize the delivery of life-saving supplies such as food and water to prevent a medical emergency, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today ahead of a major refugee summit.

 

 

 

The global migration crisis will be a test of Canada's humanity: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish